March 2013 archive

kid at El Topo

Bugging out with my niños locos // El Topo

“Mama, did you know that in some countries people eat real bugs!?” I did indeed know that, my darling! “Coooool. Can we eat some this weekend?” Um, Be careful what you wish for, Raffles… mama loves a dare. Eating insects may be the done thing in Central and South America, South Africa and South East Asia where, incidentally, I […] Read more…

ika mata recipe

Cook Islands Ika Mata

“Mama, it would be a really nice day to go to the Cook Islands” suggests a random Raffles as we look across the shimmering water of Sydney Harbour on a beautiful blue sky day. All our recent Cook Islands reminiscing has my little man hungry to retrace our steps to Rarotonga and Aitutaki… the logistics […] Read more…

Te Vaka on Aitutaki Lagoon.

Cook Islands // Aitutaki with kids

Long before Captain Billy Bligh and his crazy crew of mutineers in the making visited Aitutaki in the soon to be barbecued Bounty, legendary Polynesian warriors were succumbing to the spectacular sight of a lagoon so beautifully blue that it appears to have been painted. In fact, I’m left gaping like a slack-jawed idiot as our […] Read more…

Dublin COddle

To be sure // St Patrick’s Day

After a quick vox pop of friends and family it would appear that to most, Saint Patrick’s Day conjures only visions of festive street parades, herds of dead-armed dancers bobbing up and down and the consumption of enough green-hued Guinness that imbibers start seeing leprechauns While I’m sure that Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, […] Read more…

Boy eats world

An around the world party

My baby boy has just turned five and I’m still trying to work out how that’s even possible, given he was only born about ten seconds ago! Seriously, it seems like only moments ago that he burst into our lives will all the flamboyance and energy of a chorus dancer in a glitzy Broadway show but […] Read more…